We are pleased to be able to make a positive contribution to international and regional climate protection with this project. The compensation supports the Cikel Amazon REDD forest protection project in Brazil, which protects 200,000 hectares of rainforest from deforestation and thus preserves the forest as an important carbon store. At the same time, we also use the investment to support the non-profit organization Bergwaldprojekt e.V., which promotes protective measures for forests and nature in Germany and thus makes an important contribution to preserving our native forest. The projects are spread across different regions in Germany, such as the Sauerland and Oberammergau.
By supporting this project, we are making our contribution to saving a total of 88,600t of CO2 annually. With our investment, we support poorer households in different provinces in China, which are equipped with solar stoves. This will enable them to replace stoves powered by coal and wood, which are used to prepare food and boil water. By using the solar stoves, both air and water pollution is counteracted and carbon dioxide emissions are minimized. This has a positive effect on the health of the population and at the same time reduces fuel costs.
The forest conservation initiative in the Mesoamerican Biocorridor in Guatemala not only contributes to emission reductions totaling 728,000t CO2 annually, but also protects biodiversity within the species-rich forest zones. The area forms an important biological bridge between North and Central America. The forest zones there consist of swamp forests, mangroves and other coastal tropical forest areas, among others, and provide a habitat for almost 10% of all known bird species worldwide as well as endangered animal and plant species. The deforestation of the Mesoamerican Biocorridor is essentially to create agricultural land for the population. On these areas, the people living in Guatemala grow food, for self-sufficiency and as a source of income. Therefore, concrete measures taken to protect the forest are projects that lead to the development of alternative and sustainable forms of income for the population, whereby they are no longer dependent on agricultural supply and, in addition, the planting of new trees.